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NY Gov, Archbishop to Discuss Mosque Near WTC Site

Monday, 23 Aug 2010 06:41 PM

New York Gov. David Paterson says he'll meet with Archbishop Timothy Dolan to discuss a mosque and Islamic community center planned two blocks from ground zero.

The private meeting will be Tuesday at the Democratic governor's Manhattan office.

Opponents and protesters say the mosque should be moved farther away from where Islamic extremists destroyed the World Trade Center in 2001. Supporters say religious freedom should be protected.

Paterson has renewed his Aug. 10 offer of state assistance to the project's developers if they want to move.

His spokesman Morgan Hook says the offer still stands despite little response from the center's planners. He says no meeting is scheduled between the governor and the center's organizers, including The Cordoba Initiative.

Cordoba co-founder Daisy Khan has declined to comment on whether the organization would consider a move.

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